Monday, May 8, 2023

Island Batik Studio 180 Design - Tool Craze Blog Hop - Maple Island Table Runner

 This month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is sponsored by Deb Tucker and Studio 180 Design. Each of us is working on a "Tool Craze" project using a new Island Batik Collection and a ruler tool from Studio 180 Design

The brief was to use the assigned new collection: Maple Island (a beautiful grouping of pinecones and maple leaves and aspen trees)

and the Studio 180 Design ruler. I received the  Four Patch Square Up Ruler which makes 4 patch blocks  in 12 different sizes from 1/2" finished to 6" finished. I needed to make at least 30 units and at least 2 different sized blocks. 

I ended up making 60 units and 6 different blocks in 4 sizes.
    1" finished (4 Patch and Offset)
    2" finished (4 Patch and Offset)
    3" finished (4 Patch)
    4" finished (4 Patch)

Look at those teeny 4 Patches on the back - a key to the tool's precision is to spin and press the seams or intersections.

*I used the extra Technique Sheet for Offset Four Patch using the same tool. The Offset or uneven blocks add extra interest and pizzazz to the regular Four Patches. I made regular and offset Four Patches that finished at just ONE inch!!! See those little 4 patches in regular and the double 4 Patches (offset). 

I was really impressed with the accuracy I achieved using the Four Patch Square Up tool even working with those tiny pieces.

Walking Through the Woods
16" x 28"
Original Design
Sandra Starley May 2023

 Batiks: Maple Island Collection - every fabric (20 pieces)
Backing: Pincecone (Foundation Basics)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Four Patch Square Up  Ruler: Studio 180 Design

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, Four Patch Square Up  Ruler/Tool by Studio 180 Design,  thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz

I have lots of little pieces cut from my experimenting with the tool and design process, Leave a comment for a chance to win. USA addresses only. Please make sure I can reach you if you win. I'll do a random drawing at the end of the blog hop - end of May. And visit Island Batik's blog for their weekly giveaway.

 To see more of the new Island Batik Collections and what my fellow ambassadors are making with them and the Studio 180 Design Rulers/Tools AND to have chances to win new Island Batik fabrics, follow along with this month's Blog Hop. Some of the other ambassadors are doing giveaways too (links below).


    May 1


Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilts
Randi Jones, Randi’s Roost

    May 2


Elita Sharpe, Busy Needle Quilting
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

    May 3

Let it Snow
Let it Snow

 Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany
Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

    May 4

Make a Wish
Make a Wish

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

    May 5

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


    May 8

maple island
Maple Island

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts   

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels -  you are here - leave a comment for the Giveaway!

        May 9


Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Lana Russel, Lana Quilts

    May 10

Sea Cookies
Sea Cookies

 Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

    May 11


 Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

May 12

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


May 15

Summer Twilight
Summer Twilight

Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

May 16

Sunny Meadow
Sunny Meadow

Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique
Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting

May 17

Wild Blooms
Wild Blooms

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

May 18
End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up


  1. You are right that the offset blocks really do add great interest to this piece! I always admire quilts that have so much to look at ...yours is a beauty! (I'd be tickled to play with your small pieces of scraps!)

  2. Sooo pretty. I love all the different blocks. It makes the runner very interesting to look at. These fabrics are very beautiful.

  3. thanks for sharing. this is so pretty

  4. I love the look. These fabrics are beautiful. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

  5. I love this collection so very much! The greens and blues just glow together. I like what you did with the ruler, too. All those different sizes and the variation, and the teeny tiny blocks! Amazing. Have a great day!

  6. Great collection and quilt, Sandra! I love the variations of your blocks, especially the disappearing four patch and tiny tiny blocks!

  7. Great quilt! I like those tine squares.

  8. That is a beautiful fabric line, Sandra. And I love the tiny 4-patch blocks!

  9. What a gorgeous line this is, and your variety of blocks really highlights that!

  10. Your quilt is beautiful! And those tiny squares add so much interest and keep the eye moving. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. What a beautiful quilt. I love these colors.

  12. You had an absolutely beautiful collection to work with; this is so serene and you simply enhanced that with your pattern. Beautiful.


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